Rumex obtusifolius floweringDockens, dokkins, bulmint are all words for the dock plant from Shetland and Orkney. These dried dock weed stalks were used because they did not rot so readily as straw. Dock stalks are used dried hard after being cut in August/September and cleaned of leaves/seed heads. These need to be soaked preferably in salt water prior to use.

Docken Baskets Gallery

Detail of docken basket

Dock as part of the landscape

Rumex obtusifolius flowering

Dock is a common growing plant of Scotland, liking damp and burnside locations. The flowering stems grow quickly through the summer. Dock stems, March. Isle of Great Bernera In the autumn as the leaves dry and fall away and the …Continue reading “Dock as part of the landscape”